William McGonagall, ridiculed as "the world's worst poet" has just outsold Harry Potter in an auction in Edinburgh,
Ireland Scotland (duh!):
Alex Dove, from auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull, said: "He was a confident gentleman who thought that his poetry was some of the best.
"He once walked all the way to Balmoral to try to become Poet Laureate. Unfortunately the Queen wasn't in.
"He spent a lot of time on the streets of Dundee trying to sell his poems and performing them, much to the amusement of the residents. "Poet-baiting became quite an activity for the students of the time, where they would encourage him to perform, and then they would throw eggs and vegetables at him.
The new owner's bid for the poems was £5,500, but once commission is included they will have to fork out £6,600. The Harry Potter books only brought in £6,000.
Previously on Neatorama: The World's Worst Poet